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December 10, 2016
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Progress on the Whitewater Park; river bottom being studied

Adam Hubbard, the chairman of the Port Jervis Whitewater Park Committee, left, Shane Sigle, a representative with the firm Recreation Engineering and Planning and Mayor Russell R. Potter stand on the bank of the Delaware River near the site of the proposed Port Jervis Whitewater Park.

Hubbard said it would not. There is an island at the proposed spot in the river, and three quarters of the water flows on the Pennsylvania side of the river, and only about one quarter flows on the Port Jervis side, which is where the features will be created. In order to get to the features, rafters would have to intentionally paddle that way, because the river currents pull rafters into the main stem.

Hubbard also said the white water park would have no impact on flooding, and once the features are in place no maintenance is required.

He said studies of other white water parks have shown that 75% of the people that come because of them don’t use the park. They come to watch, or come with relatives and will have a different activity, or come because the park affords a free river access point.

A planning department study showed that a white water park could generate from $10 million to $39 million in revenues for the region, and the cost could be anywhere from $1 million to $2.9 million depending on the number of features and extras.